The killer has admitted to killing victim Brittany Wells, stealing her car. and shooting two other people, leaving one paralyzed and the other less seriously wounded.
It was not an attempt at car jacking or a robbery. Nikosi Thandiwe was working as a security guard at a midtown parking garage in Atlanta across from the 25 story Proscenium building in July 2011. Thandiwe shot and killed Brittany Wells and stole her car.
As Thandiwe drove away in the stolen car he shot Lauren Garcia, 24, and Tiffany Ferenczy, 24, while they were walking across Crescent Avenue to a nearby restaurant on their lunch break.
Garcia was shot in the torso and is now paralyzed and Ferenczy was shot in the calf. Thadiwe is black. All of his victims are white.
According to a local CBS TV station, when the prosecutor asked him why he selected Wells, Thandiwe said he did not know. But it is what he also said during his testimony that might reveal his motivation for the crimes. While a definitive reason for his crimes has not been stated, during his testimony Thandiwe said that the shooting may have stemmed from beliefs he held about white people as an anthropology major in college.
This is a direct quote from his testimony as to why he had purchased the gun that he used in the shootings:
“I was trying to prove a point that Europeans had colonized the world, and as a result of that, we see a lot of evil today,” he said. “In terms of slavery, it was something that needed to be answered for. I was trying to spread the message of making white people mend.”
He also said:
“In terms of slavery and race, it was something that needed to be answered for. I saw it as something that the black community hasn’t recovered from so my initial way to handle it was to spread information to help combat some of the ignorance that was in the black community about our history.”
Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikoski then asked Thandiwe:
“Correct me if I’m wrong, but you were trying to spread the message of making white people the enemy?”
“Yes,” Thandiwe answered. Thandiwe also told jurors that the night before he killed Brittany Watts he had attended a meeting of an organization that called itself the “peace party.” Thandiwe thought that this meeting was only for black people and he was angry at the presence of the two white people at the meeting. This upset Thandiwe and he acknowledged that this motivated him to bring the gun to work the day he shot his three victims.
“I was upset,” Thandiwe said. “I was still upset Friday. I took the gun to work because I was still upset from Thursday night.”
Note that what upset Thandiwe was the presence of the two white people at a meeting that he thought should only be open to black people.
He killed Watts and shot the two other white women the next day.
Thankfully, the jury found him guilty. He has been sentenced to life plus sixty-five years without the possibility of parole. The question is: why this story has not been reported widely outside of Atlanta?
What if a white security guard had shot and killed one black woman and had wounded two other black women and had said things similar to what Thandiwe said, except about black people? Let us add that the killer said that these racial beliefs were based on some information in classes he took while getting a degree in anthropology and a minor in history at the University of West Georgia? Do you think this would have been reported on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox News? If this happened to occur in Atlanta, do you think that CNN would have reported on this story, which would be in the city that they are headquartered in? You say you never heard of this? Is it because the killer is black and the victims are white?